Welcome to the WoES PTA Website! 
The goal of this site is to provide the parents and caregivers of the children attending Worthington Elementary School, up to date information on events and activities associated with the PTA and our school.


SCHOOL NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS...to all of our Talent Show participants!! We know our students have amazing "TALENT", and it was amazing to see our students perform and entertain center stage at the show! It was a night to remember!
YOUNG AUTHOR'S CONTEST:

Congratulations to Anoushka Rath! In the Spring, Anoushka will be invited to read her story at Barnes and Noble and attend the Young Authors' Contest Celebration at the Miller Branch Library.

VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE PARTY...
On February 14th, Worthington will be following a modified half day schedule to accommodate this year's Valentine's Day Dance and classroom parties. The party will take place in the cafeteria and feature DJ David Jay.

STEaM AT WORTHINGTON
: Do you work in the STE(A)M 
field? Worthington will be focusing STE(A)M careers and activities on Thursday, March 29th. We are looking for parents to share how they solve real world problems in their STE(A)M field of work. If you or someone at your workplace would like to demonstrate for our Worthington students how STE(A)M standards are applied to your work, please submit an application. 

MAP TESTING:
 The Winter MAP Assessment will be administered between 1/29-2/23 for Grades 1-5. Please see your child's grade level Canvas page for the date/time of ministration.


JUMP ROPE FOR HEART: 
The P.E department will be holding our SIXTH Jump Rope for Heart event in February. To allow optimal space and room for activity we are now hosting one primary event for our students in grades K-2 and one intermediate event for our students in grades 3-5. Primary Students (K-2): Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 4:00pm-6:00pm

PTA MEETING: 
MONDAY, February 12th..."Chat & Chew" with administration will start at 6:30PM followed by the monthly PTA meeting.

GIRLS ON THE RUN:
 Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their innter strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. They will learn confidence, build character, make connections, contributions and a love for physical fitness. Worthington will be hosting a Spring Girls on the Run season! Registration opens Sunday 2/11 at noon for all 3rd-5th graders. Season begins 3/19. Questions? Email Ms. Closson at Hannah_closson@hcpss.org or Laura Diaz at thumbsupfamily@gmail.com.
Howard County schools are experiencing a significant volume of absences due to: 
FLU & FLU-LIKE ILLNESSES

Symptoms: Cough, fever, headache, chills, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, possibly diarrhea and vomiting

GI VIRAL ILLNESSES--Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps

Howard County Schools Health Department Recommendations:

  • Children who are unwell should stay at home.
  • Avoid close contact with infected persons.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after eating, after using the bathroom, after episodes of coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, or whenever visibly soiled.
  • Teach proper cough hygiene.
  • Avoid putting fingers in nose, mouth or rubbing eyes.
  • Students should not return to school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours.
  • Do not send a child back to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.

Thank you for adhering to these recommendations. By doing so, you help us reduce the incidence of infection at WOES!

BINGO NIGHT & SILENT AUCTION: 
Family Bingo Night & Silent Auction is coming, Friday, March 23rd. We hope you'll join us for this super fun event! 

Please consider donating items to your grade's themed silent auction basket. Themes are as follows:
Kindergarten:
Family Movie Night
1st Grade: Grab & Go Meals
2nd Grade: Ravens
3rd Grade: Orioles
4th Grade: Kids arts & crafts; games
5th Grade: Pamper yourself mom gift basket

For more information, contact Annie Hudson at apdh318@yahoo.com

LOCAL BUSINESSES:

Do you own or work for a local business?  The Worthington Elementary School PTA would like to work with you to promote your business while assisting us with the many fun events we host throughout the year.  We are also looking for a business partnership with a printing/copying company. Please contact worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com for more details. 




PAJAMA DRIVE: 
Worthington is joining forces with local charity Casey Cares to collect new pajamas, sizes infant to teen, for Kammis Jammies program, providing new pjs to kids in hospitals. Please consider donating pajamas in the box by the office or in each pod. Thank you in advance. Questions? kristinduda1@hotmail.com

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Worthington Elementary is a participant in the Box Tops for Education program, www.boxtops4education.comPlease visit the website for information on the 100’s of eligible products. We will have multiple collection dates throughout the school year.  Please be on the lookout and send in the Box Tops with your child.  Your PTA Box Top Coordinator, Erika Holderness, will package them up and send them along to earn money for WOES. This year’s goal is $1,000.  Please help us attain this goal!

PARENT VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES: Parents who wish to volunteer must complete a brief training course online and submit a certificate of completion to the school.  Please remember that all who desire to volunteer, including field trip chaperones, must complete the training.  Visit the following link to complete the training and receive your certificate. http://www.hcpss.org/parents/volunteer-information/

YEARBOOK: We don’t want to miss a thing and your pictures help! If you have taken a great school-related shot, please email it to woesyearbookpix@gmail.com. Please be mindful that there are students who are on the do not photograph list. Yearbook sales will start in December and run until April. They will be delivered in June. More information to come. Please contact Laura Diaz at thumbsupfamily@gmail.com with any questions. Happy Snapping!

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COMMUNITY & HCPSS NEWS

BOARD OF ED DECISION ON MAKE UP DAYS: Schools will NOW be in session on April 4, 5, and 6 and for a half day on May 18th to make up for the four inclement weather days used. If shcools are closed for one additional inclement weather day, June 15th will be used.

WINTER WEATHER
Please be advised of the HCPSS procedures for weather related closures, early dismissals and delayed openings.  The following is a link on the HCPSS website, which provides weather-related information: http://www.hcpss.org/schools/emergency-closings/

When is the decision made? The decision to delay or close schools is made by 5 a.m. and a telephone tree is started to alert key school staff members and local media. By 5:30 a.m., a notice is posted on HCPSS News. School openings may be delayed one or two hours. On rare occasions when weather conditions worsen or do    not improve after a delay has been announced, a second announcement may be made to close schools instead.
Emergency & Weather-related School Closings: If it is necessary for the Superintendent to close or delay    the start of schools due to inclement weather or other emergencies, parents may get information by visiting HCPSS News and subscribing to receive email and texts alerts. In addition, HCPSS uses the following sources: HCPSS-TV: Comcast Channel 95 or Verizon Channel 42 HCPSS Information Hotline: 410-313-6666                    TV/Radio: WBAL TV Ch. 11; WBAL Radio 1090 AM; WTOP Radio 103.5 FM 
When HCPSS schools open one or two hours late, there is no RECC. If schools are closed, or closed early due to weather conditions, all after-school and evening activities, both school and non-school, scheduled in school facilities are canceled.

WEATHER GUIDELINESExercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to run off excess energy. If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five-minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess or outside activities. The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the Administrator at individual schools. However, the following are to be considered in determining if recess is to be held outside:

Temperature and Windchill
Age of students
Length of time outdoors
Adequacy of the children’s clothing
Condition of the playground
Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary.

START TIMES FOR 2018/2019 SCHOOL YEAR: The Howard County Board of Education voted to retain the existing model for school start and dismissal times for the 2018–2019 academic year during its regularly scheduled meeting on December 19, 2017.

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WORTHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

4570 Roundhill Road    Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 313-2825     Fax: (410) 313-2829

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